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Enriching lives through choral excellence and community engagement...
Several choir members admiring the water feature behind Museum|London located in London, Ontario.

Themed choral concerts that speak to heart and mind

Karen Schuessler

Karen Schuessler

The connection we feel with choral music extends beyond our senses and resonates deep within us. Karen Schuessler invites singers and audiences to join her on a journey deep into the heart of the human soul.

The vision of Karen Schuessler Singers is to create concerts that are not only entertaining and thought provoking, but that also lift spirits, lighten hearts and deepen souls.

KSS choristers are true artists, continually developing their musical gifts and embracing new challenges. The choir performs a minimum of three theme-based concerts each year, often in partnership with community-based organizations. Every concert season offers a variety of musical exploration with talented musicians, both vocal and instrumental. Individual concerts may feature renaissance madrigals, baroque cantatas, opera choruses, gospel, Broadway, jazz, folk music, world music or even Brit-pop! For every concert, Karen creates insightful concert notes to reveal the deeper meaning behind the music. Says Karen, “The beauty of the concert moment, when the audience is open and receptive, becomes the perfect venue to share these thoughts.”

Celebrating 22 years of choral excellence

Karen Schuessler Singers (KSS) has been “Enriching lives through choral excellence and community engagement” for 22 years.

In 1993, Karen Schuessler founded the Karen Schuessler Singers (known then as the Village Singers) specifically to perform Missa Gaia/Earth Mass. KSS performed its first Missa Gaia/Earth Mass in May 1994. During this joyous, awe-inspiring celebration of Creator and Creation, the choristers sang with wolves and whales as the audience found itself transported to a higher place. Missa Gaia has since become the choir’s signature work—a favourite of choristers and audiences alike.

Denise PelleyLondon jazz singer Denise Pelley has been performing Missa Gaia/Earth Mass with KSS since 1994. Denise brings a special energy to each concert, and her soulful solos are always audience favorites.

Another signature work of KSS is Road to Freedom  – a tribute to the people who never lost hope for freedom as they traveled to Canada along the Underground Railroad, and those who helped to keep that hope alive. KSS offers both Missa Gaia/Earth Mass and Road to Freedom, available on CD.

Outside Carnegie HallHow do you get to Carnegie Hall?
Practice. Practice. Practice.

In 2010, six members of KSS performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of a special concert production of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass. To sing on this world renowned stage was an absolute honour for the Karen Schuessler Singers – and living proof that practice pays off!

What is the vision for the next 22 years?

Explore new genres of music. Give musical voice to issues that are important to our world. Raise the quality and the impact of choir performances to an even higher level. Continue meaningful partnerships with community organizations, and share the unique KSS voice with more and more audiences outside of London. And that’s just for starters!

Meet our Director

Karen Schuessler Always striving for the best in choral quality and innovative programming, Karen Schuessler has become a recognized force in the London choral scene. Karen is a passionate voice for making the magic of live performance happen.

As an accomplished organist and teacher, in addition to KSS, Karen is also Director of Music at Wesley-Knox United Church where she directs the adult choir and a children’s community choir program that includes over 100 singers.

As a National Choral Clinician for the Royal Canadian College of Organists and an examiner for Conservatory Canada, as well as a frequent music festival adjudicator, everywhere Karen is helping people make the notes fly off the page as a live musical entity/experience.

Karen lives in London with her husband, Harry MacLean and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bodhi.

Experiencing live choral music. One of life’s true pleasures.

The Karen Schuessler Singers is committed to making affordable concerts so that everyone can access and enjoy the life-changing experience and excitement of live music making, but we can’t do it without you. There are many ways to support KSS – purchasing season tickets, volunteering at events or becoming a donor. There are donor levels for every budget. All donations are tax deductible. Music is one of the greatest gifts you can share with others. Click here to learn more about supporting KSS.

Karen Schuessler Singers